Week 36

Can you believe we are so close to the end of the year?!?  We had an amazing time at Field Day.  Our class truly exemplified PEAK traits through our spirit, sportsmanship, and good behavior!

Good of the Order:

  • The talent show is on the last day of school.  It is a student only event, unless your child is in it.
  • We will have a class party (kickball game) starting around 1 pm  on May 24th.  We will have an in class party to follow.
  • Please have students wear their Beynensaurus shirts on the last day.  We will sign them.
  • Please have students bring their yearbooks the last day for signatures.
  • Please have students bring a garbage bag (Heinen’s style) if needed to take home their materials.  We will send a few things home each day to lessen the load.

Math:

This week we did a fun geometric star project and we are completing Step Up to 5th Grade lessons found in the back of our book. Students can use the lessons we do not complete to keep their math skills sharp moving into 5th grade.

Science:

Today, we wrapped up Chapter 13, electricity and magnetism by creating our own electromagnets.  Ask your child about how many paper clips we were able to pick up and how to make electromagnets stronger.  Next Monday, Mr. Beynenson will come in and show students how computers use electricity and electromagnets to operate.

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Week 35

Good of the Order:

  • A huge thank you to Mrs. Lucarelli who has donated t-shirts for our class for field day!  We will be stylin’!  On May 16, please have your child wear weather appropriate clothing, bring a water bottle, and the must wear tennis shoes!  Lunch is graciously provided by PTO.
  • The talent show is on the last day of school.  Our very own Savannah will be in it!  All students will attend and watch.
  • Our last day of school, our class will have a party.  In the afternoon, our class will have a kickball game (weather permitting).  Then we will come in for a room parent party.  Students may bring sharpie markers and year books to sign on the last day of school only.
  • Our school wide 24 tournament will take place on May 23rd.  Congratulations to Charlie and Logan from Beynenson and Taylor and Peyton from Burkhard, who will represent us!
  • Please make sure to send in all books belonging to the school ASAP (my books, Mrs. Burkhards, libaray, etc.)

Math

This week, students have taken the knowledge they have gained this year and created their own math board games.  They are so engaged coming up with ideas on questions, rules, design, and answer keys!

Science

We just finished Chapter 12, Heat.  Today, we began Chapter 13, Electricity.  We have some fun events coming up, including a visit from Mr. Beynenson to talk about the way computers work using electricity and magnetism.  We will have our bouncy ball properties of matter challenge on May 22nd.  Please send in all bouncy balls kids have won this year.  Only bouncy balls from me are permitted to enter the contest.  

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Week 35

Good of the Order:

  • May 16th is 4th grade field day.  More info to come…
  • May 24th is the talent show.  This is a student only event, unless your child is in it.

Math:

Students finished the main part of the text book in Math.  For the remainder of the year, students will work on step up lessons.  These lessons preview 5th grade skills and will not be tested.

 

Science:

Our chapter 12 Science test will be tentatively scheduled for May 10th.  It is on heat.  Please start reviewing the note cards for this topic at home and looking over their notes.

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Week 34

Good of the Order:

  • The Fine Arts Festival is April 29th.
  • Talent show tryouts are May 3rd.
  • Fourth grade field day is May 16th.  Our team has been hard at work preparing for our big day!
  • The talent show/last day for students is May 24th.  This is a student only event.
  • We will have a class party on the afternoon of May 24th.
  • I need a parent volunteer to laminate and cut a project.  Let me know if anyone is available.  Thanks!

Math

Students worked hard finishing up Topic 12, Fractions and Decimals.  We had a short quiz today.  Next week will be our Math AIR test on Thursday and Friday.  Please ensure that your child gets enough rest and has a healthy breakfast!

Science

Students will begin Chapter 12, Heat, this afternoon.  We will have our Chapter 12 Test tentatively on May 10th.

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Parent Volunteer Needed

Hi parents!  I am looking for a volunteer to come in and laminate/cut some resources.  It would take 1-2 hours.  If you are available any time next week, please email me.  Prior experience with a laminator is a plus, but not required.  Thanks!

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Week 33

Good of the Order:

  • The Fine Arts Festival will be on April 29th at KHS.
  • The BOGO book fair begins on April 30th.  Our class will visit on Day B.
  • Talent show tryouts are May 3rd.
  • 4th Grade Field Day is May 16th.
  • May 19th we will have a guest speaker to discuss how computers use magnets, electricity, and circuits!
  • Talent Show is May 24th.  This is not a parent event, unless your child is performing.
  • Last day of school is May 24th!

Math:

Students will have their Topic 16 Test on Tuesday.  Then, we will be doing a quick decimal unit.  They will have a quiz on decimals, but not a full test.

 

Science:  

Students finished their Chapter 11 Test today.  Next, we will head to Chapter 12, heat.

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Week 32

Good of the Order

  • Air testing begins on April 17 and 18.  This will be ELA.
  • Math testing will follow on May 3 and 4.
  • There is a talent show meeting on April 18th.  Each child who wishes to try out must have at least one parent per act attend the parent meeting to be eligible to try out.  No exceptions are made, so please make sure to attend.
  • The Fine Arts Festival at KHS is April 29th.
  • The BOGO book fair begins April 30th.
  • Talent show tryouts are May 3rd.
  • The third graders will be visiting KIS for their Incoming 4th Grade Visit on May 14th. They will be touring the building, but will not impact our class very much.
  • Field Day is May 16th.
  • Our Talent Show will be on May 24th, our last day!

Math:

Students are working on our second Topic on Geometry.  This topic uses the knowledge of angles to apply to shapes.  Our test for Topic 16 will be on April 24th.

Science:

Students are working on matter.  Matter has 3 basic states, solids, liquid, and gasses.  It also has 2 basic substances, solutions and mixtures.  We have learned about the concepts to physical and chemical changes, the periodic table of elements, identifying state of matter, density, and properties of matter (rough, shiny, heavy, magnetic, etc.).  Today we conducted two labs.  We looked at the density of different liquids and how it affects solids placed.  It is always fun to see solids suspended within the layers of liquids.  We also created lava lamps!  Here are some videos to help with studying for the test on April 20th!  They do not need to know the elements, just what an element is…the song is just for fun!

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Week 31

As we wind down the school year, please know that there are many activities coming up you should know about.  Please mark your calendars with the important dates…

Good of the Order:

  • Our Topic 15 Math test is scheduled for Wednesday.
  • The PTO BOGO book fair will be the week of  April 30th.  Our class will visit on day B.
  • Next week will be Eat the Rainbow Week.
    • Monday-Red
    • Tuesday-Orange
    • Wednesday-Yellow
    • Thursday-Green
    • Friday-Blue/Purple
  • Air testing begins on April 17 and 18.  This will be ELA.
  • Math testing will follow on May 3 and 4.
  • There is a talent show meeting on April 18th.  Each child who wishes to try out must have at least one parent per act attend the parent meeting to be eligible to try out.  No exceptions are made, so please make sure to attend.
  • Talent show tryouts are May 3rd.
  • The third graders will be visiting KIS for their Incoming 4th Grade Visit on May 14th. They will be touring the building, but will not impact our class very much.
  • Field Day is May 16th.
  • Our Talent Show will be on May 24th, our last day!

Math: 

We are learning Geometry this week.  Students learned how to use protractors to measure and draw angles.  We also learned the different types of angles.

 

Science:

Students are learning about properties of matter and the three basic states of matter.

 

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Week 30

I apologize for the delay in postings!  Two snow days and a meeting threw me off my game. 😉

Good of the Order:

  • Right to Read week was a huge success!  The students loved the added reading times, teacher guessing game on announcements, etc.
  • A PEAK paper is coming home in the Friday Folder.  It is an optional writing assignment that is meant to be completed with the family.  There is not a grade associated with this.  Next month, Mrs. Burkhard will offer extra credit points for completing it.
  • Enjoy your spring break!

Math:

Students took their Topic 11 Tests.  This was a good test overall for our students with an 88% average score!  Next, we will move to Topic 15 and 16 (Geometry).

For students that left early, I had a recording made for my Thursday lesson.  Unfortunately, my videographer was a no show on Friday.  Here is the lesson if you would like to watch, especially if your child was absent.  Use the following link.  You will need to be signed into your child’s google account to see the link.  I apologize that we did have some technical difficulties as the smartboard was not working properly.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17gaUhPgpewrhphGZP2Djlh5sQoZ2dwjU/view?usp=sharing

Science:

Students completed their Chapters 5 and 7 combined test today.  They will get them back after the break.  Students will be moving on to our unit on Matter next.

 

 

 

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Week 26

Good of the Order

  • We will be off school on Friday and Monday.  Enjoy the time with your wonderful children!
  • Our math test will be on Wednesday.  I am sending home the books this weekend in case the students want to complete any unfinished problems from Topic 9.  (OPTIONAL)

Math: 

Students have their Topic 9 test on Wednesday.  We will complete the practice test on Tuesday.  They can bring that home on Tuesday night to study from.  Our real test looks very similar!

Our next topic, Topic 10, will be multiplying fractions.  This should close out our second quarter.  Baring any calamity days, I expect to have our Topic 10 test on or about March 8th.

 

Science:

The students and I are excited to have our research papers complete!  We used Google Classroom to type, peer edit, teacher edit, and produce a final copy.  This was a new experience for both of us.  We worked collaboratively with Mrs. Johnston, our Integrated Technology teacher, to research (not search) and put together interactive presentations.

Our next topic is Ecosystems.  Students will be studying fossils and paleontologists, as well as adaptations animals use to survive.  We will be having a vocab quiz on ***Change*** FRIDAY, MARCH 2ndThe test for Chapter 7 will be combined with Chapter 5.

 

 

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